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The Nashville Predators lose another game in a shootout, this time on the road against the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2. Nashville just can’t seem to catch a break in the shootouts so far this season. “We have to get that extra point. It isn’t a good way to start [the season], giving up three points,” said David Legwand.
Entering the game, the Predators wanted to come out jumping all over them after playing last night, losing to the Vancouver Canucks 5-0. It didn’t take long for the Predators to put a goal in the back of the net. The first goal came from an unlikely source, Brandon Yip at 1:52 in. “I got a nice bounce at the blue line and led to a 2 on 1 with Clune. Luckily I got the rebound and went in the net,” said Yip on his analysis of the goal.
The rest of the period ensued with sloppy play at times by both sides. “I liked our start and put the pressure on the Ducks,” said head coach Barry Trotz.
Pekka Rinne came up a big with save with at 14:36 already played. Corey Perry’s shot left a rebound for Kyle Palmieri that was stopped by a sprawling Rinne that kept the score at 1-0.
In a back and forth second period between the Preds and Ducks, it was Anaheim who came through to tie the game up at one. With 33 seconds remaining in the period, Bobby Ryan was able to deflect the Cam Fowler wrist shot from the point past Rinne.
After Patric Hornqvist’s injury—details later on in the recap—Legwand was able to break the tie for a short period of time. Kevin Klein’s shot from the point left a rebound for Legwand to put into the net, 10:09 in. Just over a minute later, Daniel Winnik tapped home a goal from Saku Koivu’s cross-ice pass breaking in to the left side of Rinne. That tied the game and ended up being the last goal in the game.
Regulation ended and overtime greeted us with a great treat of back and forth, exciting hockey. No one was able to put a goal away, per usual, but had everyone watching on the edge of their seat.
Overtime ensued with a shootout, the arch nemesis to the Predators. That trend continued as Nashville was unable to put a puck past Viktor Fasth. Corey Perry was the hero of the shootout for the Ducks scoring the lone goal to give them the 3-2 win, bouncing back after a 5-0 defeat the night before.
Line Up Report
#35 Pekka Rinne
#30 Viktor Fasth
Predators Scratches: #7 D Jonathon Blum, #23 W Brian McGrattan and #24 W Matt Halischuk
Ducks Scratches: #40 D Jordan Hendry, #74 C Peter Holland and #77 W Devante Smith-Pelly
Unlucky 3rd Period: For Patric Hornqvist, tonight wasn’t a fun night, especially in the third period. 4:14 in, Hornqvist blocked a one-timer from captain Shea Weber at the point. Hornqvist went down to his hands and knees and slowly made his way to the Predators bench.
Shortly after, about halfway through the third, 221 pound Ryan Getzlaf landed on Hornqvist’s leg in the corner. The leg of the pesky forward bent the wrong way and he went down immediately. Trying to make his way to the bench, the referee blew the whistle and helped Legwand carry Hornqvist to the bench. Hornqvist didn’t return to the game after leaving to go to the locker room.
Bad in Shootouts: The Predators continued their shootout woes, losing all three they have been in so far this season. Not scoring a shootout goal in the past two shootouts brings up a red flag in the shootout department. The blame has to go on someone. Either it is goaltending coach Mitch Korn who displays video for the players to watch how to score on the opposing video in a shootout. It could be Trotz not putting out the correct people. Or it could be the players who use the same moves over and over again, but won’t change their strategy. It is now easy to solve Legwand with his forehand, backhand and Erat with his shoulder, head fake.
Something has to change soon in order for this team to get wins. Next practice or morning skate should be just shootouts. Every player gets a chance at scoring and if they don’t score, their out. The last people remaining are the go-to guys for Trotz that night.
Clune stays in: Trotz decided to go with enforcer Richard Clune Saturday night. With Gaustad returning to the lineup after an upper body injury, someone had to come out. Matt Halischuk became the victim.
Clune ended up replacing Halischuk quite well. In his best game of the season so far, Clune played hard and forechecked with a purpose. In a line with Gaustad and Yip, it was key for him to play that way in order to keep up.
Brad Staubitz attempted to fight with Clune, dropping his gloves and stick. Instead of following Staubitz’s lead, Clune skated right past him and kept up with the offensive attack.
Goals and Assists
1-0 NSH: Brandon Yip – unassisted at 1:52 in the 1st
1-1 Tie: Bobby Ryan – Fowler and Selanne at 19:27 in the 2nd
2-1 NSH: David Legwand – Klein and Bourque at 10:09 in the 3rd
2-2 Tie: Daniel Winnik – Perry and Koivu at 11:12 in the 3rd
My Three Stars of the Game
1. Corey Perry: GW shootout goal, Assist
2. Brandon Yip: Goal
3. Viktor Fasth: 1st NHL win and stopped 19 of 21 shots